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Draft master plan for Sauk Prairie Recreation Area available for public review

MADISON - The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area draft master plan is now available for public review and comment.

The draft plan includes recommendations for a variety of recreational uses on the 3,300 acre property, located between Sauk City and Baraboo, which comprises roughly half of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

The public will have 45 days to provide comments regarding the draft master plan and environmental impact statement. Comments must be received by Sept. 25 and can be submitted by mail to John Pohlman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - LF/6, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, or through an online feedback form found on the department's website,, keywords "Sauk Prairie Recreation Area."

In addition, the department will host a public hearing Sept. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the River Arts Center, 105 Ninth St., in Prairie du Sac to gather input.

According to DNR regional park supervisor Paul Zajackowski, the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area will provide many unique opportunities for visitors. "This property has a complex and interesting human and natural history, which we want to roll into visitor experiences," said Zajackowski. "We look forward to working with our neighbors, the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Dairy Forage Research Center, in managing this exceptional property."

The Badger Army Ammunition Plant, built in 1942 as the nation entered World War II, was the world's largest manufacturer of propellant and rocket paste. It last operated during the Vietnam conflict and was formally decommissioned in 1997. The department began receiving title to portions of the property in 2011.

"We're excited to get the draft plan out to the public," said DNR property planner John Pohlman. "It is based on the many past planning efforts, most notably the Badger Reuse Plan, and the extensive public input received over the last three years."

The United States Army has removed nearly all of the buildings and addressed contaminated sites. The most obvious remnants of the site's former use are the many roads that intersect the property. Some of these roads are open for public use, while others will open temporarily for biking and horseback riding until trails are constructed.

"We're looking forward to working with a wide range of partners to help the property reach its potential," said Zajackowski. "We think the property has great potential to provide recreation opportunities for lots of people, especially since it is connected to Devil's Lake State Park."

For more information, search keywords "Sauk Prairie Recreation Area."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Zajackowski, DNR regional park supervisor, 608-275-3276



DNR seeks public input on proposed Badgerwood swine operation in Bayfield County

ASHLAND, Wis. - The public is being asked to provide input to help determine the scope of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation in the town of Eileen in Bayfield County.

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on the project, proposed by Reicks View Farms, LLC. The proposal includes construction of three barns, which would house more than 26,000 hogs. Enclosed concrete manure storage pits would be constructed under each building. Manure would be spread over 800 acres of land owned or leased by the applicant.

Individuals can submit comments about topics to be addressed in the environmental impact statement through Sept. 30, 2015. The department has already received input from citizens, organizations, municipalities and tribes identifying a range of issues for the project. All interested individuals have the opportunity to identify topics to be addressed in the draft EIS.

The agency's draft outline for the environmental impact statement is available by searching the DNR website for "Badgerwood." Comments can be mailed to Bill Clark, DNR, 810 W Maple St., Spooner, WI 54801, or sent by email to

Environmental impact statements inform decision-makers and the public about the anticipated effects as well as alternatives to proposed projects. The EIS will not include any permit decisions for the proposed project, which will occur later through the legally prescribed regulatory processes.

The department will use the scoping comments, information in application submittals, and other sources to prepare a draft impact statement document. The public will be notified when the document is available for review and a hearing has been scheduled. No permit decisions will be made until after the environmental impact statement process is complete.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Larson, 715-685-2913; Bill Clark, 715-635-4226



August is perfect time to prepare for your fall deer hunt

MADISON - August is the perfect month to finalize preparations for your fall hunt, and a few important dates and reminders will help hunters have a safe and enjoyable season in the field.

Gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities

Eligible hunters interested in participating in the 2015 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities are reminded that this year's hunt will take place Oct. 3-11. As of the June 1 land sponsor application deadline, more than 74,132 acres of land across 46 counties were enrolled for this year's deer hunt.

Hunters should contact sponsors directly and be prepared to provide their name, contact information and DNR customer ID number. To be eligible, hunters must possess a valid Class A, Class B long-term permit that allows shooting from a vehicle or Class C or D disabled hunting permit. As in the past, eligible hunters must also possess a gun deer license.

For a list of sponsors for the 2014 season, please visit and search keywords "disabled deer hunt."

Bonus antlerless tags

Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. Antlerless tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day. Sales will continue until sold out or until the 2015 deer hunting season ends.

Bonus permits will be sold by management zone - permit sale schedules are as follows:

Informational chats

Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff for a series of noon chats throughout August and September:

For more information, visit and search keyword "chat."

To receive email updates regarding deer hunting regulations, reminders and other important information, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select the "Crossbow Deer Hunting" distribution list.

For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-206-1107; Adam Murkowski, DNR assistant big game ecologist, 608-261-7588



Fall 2015 bobcat, fisher and otter quotas available

MADISON - Harvest quotas for bobcat, fisher and otter in 2015 have been approved, and permits will be issued to successful applicants in early September.

Applicants can monitor permit status through the Online Licensing Center or attend the 2015 Wisconsin Trappers Association Fall Rendezvous [EXIT DNR] Sept. 11-13 at Central State Fairgrounds, 513 East 17th St., Marshfield, Wis.

Season dates are as follows:

For more information regarding this year's bobcat, fisher and otter quotas, search the DNR website,, for keyword "trap" and click on the link for "bobcat, fisher, otter drawing results."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: John Olson, DNR Furbearer Biologist, 715-685-2934, Geriann Albers, Assistant Furbearer Biologist, 608-261-6452



Badger license plate design now a limited edition

New bald eagle license plate provides additional opportunity to support Wisconsin's natural resources

MADISON - Motorists have until Monday, Aug. 17, to order a specialty badger license plate before it is retired to make way for a new eagle design unveiled last week by the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Transportation.

Motorists who currently have the badger plate can continue to display it on their car, but no new plates will be sold after Aug. 17. Beginning Aug. 18, motorists can choose between a new eagle pate design or the wolf plate design, offered since 1995.

"If your Endangered Resources badger design plates are in good condition, you may continue to use them as long as you pay the annual registration and donation fees and both plates are legible," said Jeremy Krueger, license plate and postal supervisor with WisDOT.

Answers to questions motorists might have about endangered resources specialty plates are available by searching for keywords "endangered resources" on the WisDOT website (exit DNR).

Under state law, only two Endangered Resources specialty plate designs can be sold at the same time to raise money for Wisconsin's rare species and natural areas.

"DNR wanted to create a new design to highlight the bald eagle's recovery in Wisconsin and nationally through the actions of citizens and natural resource professionals," said Owen Boyle, species management section chief for DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation program. "Bald eagle populations are at record levels here, and they were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007. Donations from the sale of Endangered Resources plates are very important to support the work we do with partners and citizens to help protect and restore native plants and animals and natural areas."

Applications are now being accepted for the eagle license plates, which the DMV will begin to issue Sept. 1. The order form is now available online (exit DNR) and at Department of Motor Vehicles office locations.

A $25 annual donation to the Endangered Resources Fund is included with the purchase of an eagle or wolf plate - this is a critical source of funding for Natural Heritage Conservation staff and partners in efforts to protect and restore rare plants and animals and unique natural areas.

Endangered Resources specialty plates can be purchased at any time; motorists do not need to wait for a registration renewal notice. To learn more about Wisconsin's new eagle license plate, search the DNR website,, for keywords "eagle plate."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Owen Boyle, Species Management section chief, 414-750-3198


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Last Revised: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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